Webpage created: June 11, 2019
Webpage updated: June 11, 2019
MAIN GATE AND CLOCK TOWER
The main gate of the Royal Naval Barracks and
the prominent Clock Tower.
The imposing Clock Tower at the Main Gate to the Royal Naval Barracks was completed on Thursday August 20th 1896. It housed a clock supplied by Messrs Gillet and Johnston, of Croydon, Surrey, who are still in business. This had four faces and a large bell, which struck the hours. The Clock was driven by weights that ran the height of the structure plus many feet underground.
It is said that the Guard House at the Main Gate was the last building to be erected, in 1907, but there were two, one immediately inside the Main Gate on the left of the picture above, and the larger one at the base of the Clock Tower. Which of these two this information refers to is not known. Both existed in 1912.
(There was a third "Guard House" down by the Royal Naval Barracks' Jetty on Weston Mill Creek.)